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Comment author: philh 15 September 2017 05:25:16PM 7 points [-]

I would really appreciate a "no culture war" tag which alerts the moderators to nuke discussion of race, gender, free speech on college campuses, the latest outrageous thing [insert politician here] did, etc.

To clarify: you want people to be able to apply this tag to their own posts, and in posts with it applied, culture war discussion is forbidden?

I approve of this.

I also wonder if it would be worth exploring a more general approach, where submitters have some limited mod powers on their own posts.

Comment author: ozymandias 15 September 2017 06:42:00PM 5 points [-]

Yes, that was my intent.

I believe the plan is to eventually allow some trusted submitters to e.g. ban people from commenting on their posts, but I would hope the "no culture war" tag could be applied even by people whom the mod team doesn't trust with broader moderation powers.

Comment author: Jiro 19 September 2017 06:06:47PM 1 point [-]

What do you do to people who

1) include culture war material in their own posts, and use this to prevent anyone from criticizing them, or

2) include things in their own posts that are not culture war, but to which a cultural war reference is genuinely relevant (sometimes to the point where they are saying something that can't be properly refuted without one)?

Comment author: philh 20 September 2017 11:24:43AM 0 points [-]

Play it by ear, but my instinctive reaction is to downvote (1). Options for (2) include "downvote", "ignore", and "try to tactfully suggest that you think they've banned discussion that would be useful, and between you try to work out a solution to this problem". Maybe they'll allow someone to create a CW-allowed discussion thread for that post and then to summarise the contents of that thread, so they don't actually have to read it.

It partly depends whether their posts are attracting attention or not.